Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Have you ever been surprised by an old family secret revealed?

Congratulations to Tammy Y., the winner in Susie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Have you ever been told a family secret or revelation that captured your imagination?

The idea for The Forgotten Heiress came from a conversation I had years ago with my beloved great Aunt, Agnes Valente. She recounted a memory of being a young girl when her parents fostered a baby through their church. The family had the child for almost four years when the church inexplicably sent the young girl to a boarding school abroad. My great aunt was never told the child’s real name or history but it was assumed that the biological parents were famous and unmarried. Even seventy years later, it was evident that there was a missing piece for my Aunt Agnes. She had always worried and wondered what had happened to the young girl.

From a writing perspective, this was a wonderful jumping off place. I decided to set the story in current times and began to imagine what circumstances may have created a scenario where a child couldn’t be raised by her biological parents. Ideally, I wanted a happy ending for the heroine.  So I invented a plot that supported the unique circumstances of the story while allowing the heroine, Olivia Grey, to meet her estranged family and fall in love with a worthy hero. I think my Aunt Agnes would have approved and loved the story.

The Forgotten Heiress

A forgotten heiress inherits a crumpling empire… as she struggles to protect herself from the ruthless billionaire who is seeking to salvage it.

Raised by a guardian in Ireland, Olivia Grey is shocked when the secret details of her birth are leaked to the media as she tries to come to terms with the unexpected death of her father.  Drawn into her estranged family, the shy and reclusive clothing designer finds her way through the media spotlight, an imploding empire and the expectations of the elite New York society.

Olivia is thrown together with Fionn Lynch a hot, obscenely wealthy math genius who seeks her out to squash the media speculation. Olivia is more of a challenge than he expected and he has to change his game plan to save the company he helped to build.    

Have you ever been surprised by an old family secret revealed? A lucky commenter will receive a paperback copy of The Forgotten Heiress.  

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“I can’t possibly help with any of this.” Olivia’s stiff words were meant to push him away. She knew from the news accounts that her father’s business was in trouble and Fionn Lynch was seen as the knight in shining armor. But the sooner he realized she would refuse to cooperate, the sooner he would find another way of saving his precious company.

He moved closer and looked down at her, a slight frown across his handsome face. “So you are content with the paparazzi documenting all of your movements and speculating on your strange upbringing?” His words were clipped and smooth and she could feel her panic rising. Without skipping a beat, he added, “I imagine your clients may not be quite so accommodating.” 

She lifted her chin. “You know nothing about my life or what I’m willing to accept.”

She saw the touch of anger in his gaze and watched in fascination as his stance became rigid. “I know you are looking for a place to escape the media speculation surrounding you, but you lack the financial resources or experience that would allow you to find a safe haven. While this plays out in the media, I guarantee your clothing design startup will cease to exist.” His eyes grazed hers and her body suddenly felt too hot. “I imagine you are feeling vulnerable and lost.”

He wasn’t even touching her, yet she felt an overwhelming physical response to him. Olivia forced a controlled breath into her lungs. “Why am I suddenly so important? I didn’t even know Oliver Bolles. The only thing I learned about him this morning is that he liked to live life on the edge. He drove fast cars, did extreme sports, and even flew his own plane.”
“Whereas, you prefer safety and routine?” His words sounded silky and smooth, but her instinct told her he was baiting a trap. “Do you expect to hide out indefinitely while your clients jump ship?” 

Olivia kept her facial expression neutral. “I intend to take some time off until the speculation dies down. My clients will stay loyal.” Her voice sounded unsure and hesitant and she tried to gather her resolve. She needed to get away from Fionn Lynch.

There were so many unanswered questions that her head began to throb. Why had her father let her grow up in the care of a guardian? Now that he died tragically, why would his family seek her out? What did they want from her?

Author Bio:
Susie Warren writes contemporary romance. Besides being an avid reader, she spends much of her free time crafting intense and complex stories about falling in love. When she is not writing, Susie works as an administrator in a small, independent school while caring for three teenagers and keeping tabs on her inventor husband. With the launching of her first book, The Forgotten Heiress, she has slowly begun to navigate the social media realm. 
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  1. No, I haven't

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  2. When I was 39, I learned that my mom (who had died 4 years previously) had had an affair, whereby I and my brother were conceived. My bio dad had died 20 years previously and my dad had died 9 years previously, so my mom had 4 years to tell me/us herself and chose not to do so. There is no doubt re our lineage, as bio dad's family were all told when bio dad was alive (and he showed pictures of us), plus half the town apparently knew. They all seemed to know but me....

  3. In tracing our family tree we learned my Dad's Great Grandmother never married. She conceived her son (My Dad's Grandfather) and gave her son her maiden name. The father was rumored to be one of two brothers. We all we very surprised at tis scandal for this time in the 1870's- yenastone at aol dot com

  4. I have learned a few things that have surprised me, but nothing major or bad... just interesting little facts about family members shared through stories.

  5. I thought my family and grandparents were nothing but plain and simple until my sister's friend told her stuff about Los Angeles in the 1930's and 1940's of what my grandfather was doing in being part of Los Angeles' history.



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